Samuel Eto'o
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Liverpool are preparing a shock move in signing former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o this summer, reports the Telegraph.

The 33-year-old has been released by Jose Mourinho's side after the end of the last season and is a free agent. The Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has turned his attention on landing the Cameroon striker as a short-term option to strengthen the Merseyside club's attacking division.

The former Swansea City boss has the services of England international duo Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert, along with Fabio Borini as the recognised strikers in the squad following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

However, Borini is not included in Rodgers' plan for the next season as the Italian could be on his way out of Anfield in the ongoing transfer window. Sunderland have long been interested in the 23-year-old and the Black Cats manager Gus Poyet admitted the deal is still on.

Liverpool were interested in signing Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy. However, the French international's move to Anfield was called off in the 11th hour after the 27-year-old reportedly failed his medical.

With Suarez's departure, Rodgers is desperate in bringing in a striker to fill the void left by the departure of the Uruguayan international. The Northern Irishman is aware there is not many options left.

A move for Eto'o could give Liverpool manager more options in his side's strike force. Meanwhile, the Reds could face competition from Ajax in signing the former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker.

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars says the Dutch club are keen on securing a deal for the African striker.

"Samuel seemed very hungry to play for Ajax. He is fit and has a great drive to succeed once again," Overmars said.

"We don't want to block the growing process of our talents but if it is possible to sign a world class player like Eto'o, then why not? It will be fantastic," he added.

Despite Ajax's interest, a late approach from Liverpool could see Eto'o reject a chance to join the Eredivisie outfit in order to join Liverpool in this summer transfer window.